Lindsey Lane with the Delphos Chamber of Commerce decorates a tree at the Delphos Canal Museum. (DHI Media/Sam Shriver)
Lindsey Lane with the Delphos Chamber of Commerce decorates a tree at the Delphos Canal Museum. (DHI Media/Sam Shriver)

DELPHOS — The public is invited to celebrate the holiday season at the Delphos Canal Museum, 241 N. Main St., Delphos.

Dozens of Christmas Trees are decorated every year, some by volunteers and staff, others by local groups and organizations.

The tradition has been going on for the past 25 or so years.

“It started small,” said Kathy Fought, coordinator of this year’s event. “It started on the first floor with just a few trees but as the museum grew and we expanded into the second floor and into the building next door, the Christmas trees expanded too. So now we actually have three floors of Christmas trees — the basement, the first floor, and then the second floor.”

This year’s theme is the ‘Colors of Christmas’ and the event opens Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

Fought says they start at the end of October in getting things organized for the free event.

“The FFA students come and they bring the Christmas trees down for us and sometimes help us set them up and then on the first floor, the Christmas trees are put up by organizations. We supply the trees but the organizations and groups come in and they put their own ornaments on it,” Fought said.

Fought says they have lots of groups that want to participate.

“We have the Girl Scouts. We have some school groups. We have the Do-right Motorcycle Group that comes in and puts up a tree. The Red Hatters (host a tree). So it’s various groups and there’s about 28 trees on the first floor and then on the second floor we have about 15 trees up there and those are all done by different volunteers that come in and I helped coordinate with them as far as decorating the trees. We also had the Jefferson National Honor Society come in and they helped decorate some of those trees too,” Fought said.

Fought is excited for what the decorated trees mean to the Delphos community.

“I think it’s important because people can come in and they can see all the different groups that we have in Delphos come together to decorate these trees and I think it also draws people into the museum that maybe hadn’t been in there before. The displays are still open even though we have a lot of trees around,” Fought said.

You can view the trees from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in December and on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

They will also be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2, when Delphos has their Hometown Christmas celebration.

They’ll also have their bean soup dinner on the 2nd.

They’ll also have a special night for viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 22.